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Old October 29th, 2016, 06:55 PM   #1
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I am in the process of getting an '09 1198 back on the road. It has been sitting (uncovered for the most part...) for about 8 months. No maintenance history or anything else is known about the bike. It will need a new battery and I'll be doing an oil/filter change. Is there anything else I should do or check before trying to fire this baby up?
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Old October 30th, 2016, 11:49 AM   #2
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Change the plugs, drain and refill with super unleaded.

Change the two small ignition and injection relays below the battery to the rear of the ECU when you're looking square onto the battery. They're overlooked but critical. Only a few quid too.

Check/clean the earth leads/connections for the ECU and the one at the bottom of the engine on the crankcase to the rear of the reg rec.

Fully charge the battery and spin the motor over with the plugs out to get it spinning, plugs back in and she should go a treat.

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Old November 8th, 2016, 06:26 AM   #3
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Welcome!

I too recently purchased a 2010 1198S with 3200 miles which had been poorly maintained.

First Question most will ask is, how many miles are on the bike? Then find the maintenance schedule for your bike then preform the maintenance required for the mileage.

My tires were original and were dry rotted. I highly recommend new tires if yours are old.

I also found lots of items in the for sale section here that I needed.

Good luck with your new purchase.
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Id put a new battery and fire it up. Should be fine. Then once you know it all runs good, then do some maintenance
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^ this guy knows his shit. Im with him.
Why spend extra money until you know it actually runs?
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^^^^ I'm with the two guys above me they both know their shit.
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Id put a new battery and fire it up. Should be fine. Then once you know it all runs good, then do some maintenance
I agree but I would at the very least change the oil and filter before firing it up
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I agree but I would at the very least change the oil and filter before firing it up
New oil and filter is never a bad thing! I seem to do a lot of that actually....
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New oil and filter is never a bad thing! I seem to do a lot of that actually....

Best investment was my reusable oil filter 😏
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TBH, the first question I would have, why did it sit for 8 months?? If it was just a matter of time, then you are probably fine, if it was another reason you may have too do some more checks. Also, I have seen bikes that sit for a while loose their hydraulic integrity (brakes/clutch) make sure you look those over BEFORE you take it out on the road. Doesn't necessarily have to happen before you check for engine operation though.
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Pulling the plugs and turning it over a few times is a good idea to get oil distribution before the first cold start in a very long while!
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Pulling the plugs and turning it over a few times is a good idea to get oil distribution before the first cold start in a very long while!
Pretty much per the owners manual, I believe it even says to pour a little oil in when storing the bike.
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Siphon out ALL the OLD gasoline and put fresh gasoline in would be my absolute FIRST recommendation. Do not run old gas. THEN change oil and puling the plugs and turning it a few times would be the steps I would take.
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Siphon out ALL the OLD gasoline and put fresh gasoline in would be my absolute FIRST recommendation. Do not run old gas. THEN change oil and puling the plugs and turning it a few times would be the steps I would take.


This is exactly what I would do.
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